3 Things to Keep in Mind Before Hiring a CyberSecurity Expert 118

3 Things to Keep in Mind Before Hiring a CyberSecurity Expert

The following article is a guest post.

Hiring is an integral part of any organization and to find the suitable talent is a daunting task. You would need to know what you require from the prospect before conducting an interview.

So, in this article, we will talk about how to conduct an interview with a cybersecurity expert. What would be your main area of focus and how to approach both new and experienced candidates?

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This online education provider offers you the best of education, with only 2 centers in presently, in California and Bangalore, India. Over 400 professional IT courses are offered which covers IT, programming, digital marketing, project management and also include cyber security course as well.

3 Key Areas to Assess before Hiring a Cyber Security Expert

1. Needs and goals of your organization.

Every organization no matter how big or small will have different types of data and security clearance will vary based on the same. The integral part of the system would be its data end of the day, so you need to be cautious about how well the data has been protected against hacking.

The more clarity you have about the data you need to protect, the clearer you will be while hiring a professional who performs this task for you. This clarity is important for companies who focus only on data as their main source of income.

The higher the risk of data hack, the higher security needed to protect it.

Many people often think that a relatively small organization doesn’t need any kind of cyber security but they are wrong. Every single organization needs it, so you would need to decide the level of security required and the suitable match can be found based on the same critical criteria.

You would need to know the difference between a threat, vulnerability, and risk. These are not just 3 simple words but are security issues with deep understanding in regards to cybersecurity.

If the risk is not identified, the attacker will pose a threat by exploiting that particular vulnerability. This also helps you understand the nature of cybersecurity required for your organization. You could hire a cybersecurity firm or employ an expert in this domain.

But without knowing what needs to be protected, you and the firm or the hired cybersecurity expert will be clueless on what to protect. So, I’d like to remind you to assess the needs and short-term to long-term goals of your organization before you hire anyone for this purpose.

2. Research and verify.

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You always have multiple options to choose from, let alone be a talented cybersecurity expert or a cybersecurity firm.

Do your research well enough to consider the services the expert or the organization has to offer. Now that you know what you need; you need to find out about a talented expert or a firm that is capable of fulfilling your needs.

Don’t jump to conclusions too soon since it’s a highly important position in your organization. You need to verify the previous employment statistics or projects completed or the ones in progress; then validate the work done to make a fruitful decision for your organization.

Another way to research would be the analysis of last 3 years of the report to get a good trajectory of the providers or the expert.

Industry reports will also give you a larger picture in understanding any major and minor changes in the market including the financial performance of the cybersecurity expert or the firm you are looking to hire.

Does the firm you are willing to hire provide its services only in the country or is it global?

This will provide you a much better understanding. The revenue for cybersecurity has also been steadily increasing over the last 2 years and as far as predictions go, it’s far from reaching its saturation point. A regional break down will help you understand how it may affect the decision you are about to make.

In this particular graph, the slow but steady increase shows the performance of cybersecurity in the market. You need to be well aware of the market behavior before you set your foot in this domain.

3. Before you make the decision.

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Now, you know what you need and it is the decision time. You have very fewer options to choose from after you have filtered most of the other non-viable options. Since you have identified few potential options, take your time to decide the perfect match for your needs.

You need subject matter experts and solution engineers experienced in this sector to handle any worst-case scenario and not just another sales guy. Double check with previous employment or projects handled by the firm or the cybersecurity expert to know the level of service you could expect.

I would recommend not to outsource this task to a consultant who will hire a cybersecurity expert; instead, do it yourself.

Doing so will give a better understanding of the position, roles, and responsibilities you need to provide as well.

Current and future market trends for cybersecurity show an increase in cyber activity exponentially. As per predictions from cybersecurity giants, the percentage of cyber security from 2016 to 2021 will increase from 10% to a 40% respectively.


The digital platform these days is limitless, which gives birth to both advantages and disadvantages from it.

You are well aware of the advantages since you enjoy it on a daily basis. The disadvantages would be the data being hacked. Your personal or company information on the Internet has the risk of getting hacked, and so we use various anti-hacking, antivirus software to prevent this.

However, you need to have a cybersecurity set up on your website and your organization to make yourself void of these threats. Hope this article will help you understand the need for a cybersecurity and how to hire one depending on your and the company’s needs.

There is no doubt that Cybersecurity is a booming market these and the need for it keeps on increasing day by day. So, go ahead and hire one for yourself and your company to keep it protected.

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One Guy’s Journey from a Work-at-Home Transcriptionist to Starting an Educational Institute 7

One Guy's Journey from a Work-at-Home Transcriptionist to Starting an Educational Institute

This is an interview-style post with Mahesh Kumar.

Hey Mahesh. What do you do?

I’m the Spokesperson of the Transcription Certification Institute, an Ellensburg-WA based educational institution that provides an in-depth online transcription training and certification course.

The online course, which is created by industry leaders, enables transcriptionists to gain a well-rounded understanding of the field and become a professional transcriptionist for better job prospects and higher wages.

How did you start your career?

I’ve started my career as a home-based transcriptionist and have experience of 8+ years in transcription industry. I’m currently on a mission to help work from home moms and make them aware of one of the straightforward and lucrative way of earning money from home, i.e., transcription.

I love writing and so I regularly share my words through my blog. At present, I am working as the spokesperson of Transcription Certification Institute.

What inspired your journey?

I was not cut out for regular jobs because of health and family issues. But, I wanted to earn decent money.

Most work from jobs required me to be online during fixed hours. That did not work for me.

A friend referred me to a copywriter who needed transcription services in an extended time frame. This was my first assignment and exposure to the industry. I had issues with grammar and lots of difficulty in understanding accents. My transcriptionist friend gave me the very first lesson in punctuation. It was a great lesson.

That was the aha moment!

I wanted to share it online with all other new transcriptionists. My expertise in transcription was still limited but my interaction with other transcriptionists. And other work from home professionals found that there was no organized information in this industry.

That’s when with the help of the team we created an ebook as would serve as a handbook to transcriptionists. It was called Everything You Need To Know About Work From Home: General Transcription Business Opportunities.’ It’s available on our website for free.

What is the transcription business about?

It’s a dream that allows parents, caregivers and those with disabilities to stay at home and earn.

We call ourselves Team TCI. None of us has complete skills but together we have made a dream into a business that is sustainable, profitable and manages to help others earn more.

We like to think of ourselves as not just one single successful business owner but a team of accomplished transcriptionists and hedonists who have come together to share their expertise on a platform that is globally accessible to all.

Our objective is to make you a better transcriber so that you can earn more at the same time. 

Through our internship program, we ensure that new wannabe transcribers get a foothold in the industry. Our job board aims to bring transcribers and employers together on one platform to make hiring and finding jobs easier.

We are 9+ years old but the journey has only just begun.

What were your biggest challenges when setting up the institute?

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Together, we had 2,459 dollars to spare!  This was just enough to put up a website and host it for a year.

We had no budget, no marketing plan and no strategy.

More than money we invested our skills, time and above all intent. When we launched, making money was not the objective. The objective was to share information, educate and in the process recover the costs.

We were totally bootstrapped. In fact, we all transcribed extra hours to generate money.

Each year we invested the money earned in the course, it’s upgrade, website upgrade and more. All exams are manually graded and that is expensive.

What do you offer on the website and who can benefit from it?

We offer a course in general transcription.

Our course is for anyone who wants to work from the comfort of their home, enjoy flexible timings and the ability to choose workload. The course is very popular with parents of young children who want to be around when they grow up, ex-serviceman with disabilities, single moms and others who want to work from home.

Some would say that there is nothing to be learned in general transcription but that would not be true. I did start out without training and if it not had been for the help I received my career would not have been successful.

In fact, as the popularity of transcription as a career option grows getting a foothold in the industry is becoming tough. That is why we came up with an internship program that gives hand on experience to new transcriptionists and exposure to the industry.

The job board benefits them by bringing employers and transcriptionists on the same platform.

What’s one thing you do to unwind?

We were introduced to meditation a few years back and to unwind we like to meditate.

What’s your favorite book?

It keeps on changing but time and again for inspiration, I find myself reaching out to The Alchemist by Paul Coelho. Never stop dreaming! Give context to your dreams!

Check out the story of how one guy went from a work at home transcriptionist to setting up a transcription institute and help others start working from home.